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Legoland or bust

This was something of an eventful day. Quite apart from being our last day in Europe, it was to be a day of plans, problems, revised plans, revised plan problems, revised-revised plans, revised-revised plan problems... and so on. The first bit went reasonably smoothly: We said goodbye to Uncle Hew (since he was going to work early) and finished our packing. Then we called a minicab and locked up

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The joys of Croydon

Being our second last day in England, we took things pretty easy, as apart from embarking on a 22 hour flight home the next day, we were also planning a whirlwind trip to Legoland. So first of all we gave Hew's washing machine a good workout, while the kids ran around his back garden, and then accompanied me in exploring around his estate. And when I say his estate, I don't mean he owns the whole

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Elementary

After some consultation with the Lonely Planet guide about what else we could see in London, we headed into Victoria and wandered around the multitude of bus stops trying to find where the 24 to Camden Town went from. We found it, and the bus, just starting to depart. We dashed up waving our arms, and he stopped. In the blink of an eyelid we had folded the stroller, whisked it and both kids on boa

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Unfortunately…

Tower Bridge does the traditional thing. We set out once more to explore central London. This time the first stop was Soho, because we wanted to sample the wares at a market, and the Berwick Street Market seemed as good a place as any. After inspecting and purchasing some of London's finest fresh fruit and vegetables, we carried on to Chinatown, and found the famed Lee Ho Fook's,

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Fare dodging in Chichester

It was almost time to head back to London, but not before dropping in on my Uncle Kevin's family again. We somehow managed to cram all our stuff into the backpack (the other one was back in London) and Gran and Grandad drove us to Bognor station. We said our goodbyes and boarded the train, then got off five minutes later in Barnham, to change to the next train to Chichester. The screen said that

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Welcome to the English seaside

Today we explored various towns along the south coast of England. First my grandparents dropped us in Arundel, most famous for either its very impressive castle, or for being the headquarters of the Body Shop - depending on who you ask. Or is that Littlehampton? We didn't go into the castle (little kids and the interior of historic homes don't, as a rule, mix), but we did wander around the town f

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A long way from home

It was time to introduce L and the kids to my most legendary relative ever: the sublime UK in the UK: Uncle Kevin. Grandad and Gran drove us over to Chichester, where Kevin and his wife Liz and son Luke live. Getting over there was a good chance for Isaac and Jeremy to have a good play - one of few good plays on the holiday. Kids need that sort of thing, otherwise they gradually go crazy. And adu

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Bognor-bound

Today after much wrestling with my PhoneAway card, I finally managed to get it working (Telstra had provided the wrong local number to dial) and checked our voicemail at home. 14 messages no less, the most immediately significant of which was that the ticket for L that I'd booked through the Ticketmaster UK web site for a concert with Lyle Lovett that Friday at the Royal Albert Hall had been ca